LIBER response to Elsevier’s text and data mining policy

« In response to the recent launch of Elsevier’s policy on text and data mining, LIBER has produced a discussion paper which analyses the potential impact of the policy, the associated click-through licence, and the API.

It is understood that Science Direct institutional subscription agreements will be updated to reflect the new Elsevier policy. The discussion paper outlines the limits of this policy and its potential to undermine the scientific freedom of the researcher.

LIBER  believes that the right to read is the right to mine and that that licensing will never bridge the gap in the current copyright framework as it is unscalable and resource intensive. Furthermore, as this discussion paper highlights, licensing has the potential to limit the innovative potential of digital research methods by:

1. restricting the tools that researchers can use

2. limiting the way in which research results can be made available

3. impacting on the transparency and reproducibility of research results.

The full text of the discussion paper is included below or can by downloaded here (…) »